KARACHI – Hong Kong has withdrawn from the Davis Cups tie against Pakistan due to security concerns, scheduled in Islamabad, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement on Tuesday.
Pakistan is playing home Davis Cup ties abroad since 2010 due to security concerns. However, International Tennis returned Pakistan in February 2017.
Hong Kong also challenged the decision made by Davis Cup committee to permit the matches in Pakistan.
“The ITF regrets and respectfully disagrees with the decision of Hong Kong, China to default its upcoming Davis Cup tie against Pakistan,” the federation said. As quoted by ARY News.
Pakistan went on to the Third Round after defeating Iran and by the withdrawer of Hong Kong.
A long absence of international events in Pakistan observed after the attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009.
Pakistan beat Iran 3-2 in a first-round tie in Islamabad in what was the first Davis Cup match in the country in 12 years.
Earlier this month, several overseas cricketers withdrew from Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 cricket league final after their cricket board announced the match would be held on home soil.
The final, which was the first-ever Pakistan Super League match to be played in the country, went ahead in the eastern city of Lahore on March 5.